BY THE STAR FISH
Do you know why I am called a "Star Fish?" It is because I am shaped like a star. I am the star of the sea.
My five large, thick arms point in different
directions. On the end of each one is a red spot. Those are my eyes. My body is covered with little spine-like prickles. On the under side of my body, near the center
, is my mouth.
BY THE SALMON
foods are oysters and clams. When I want my dinner I bend my arms, or rays, to form a cup. I catch food with the hundreds of little suckers that are on the under side of my body.
My home is in the sea. But in the autumn
of the year I leave it and travel to the river where I was born. There I deposit
eggs in the shallow
creeks. The eggs remain
there until the next spring.
These children remain
for two years in the river. Then, in the third spring, they seek
the cool waters of the sea.
BY THE LOBSTER
Often, on my journey
from the sea to my birthplace, I come to roaring waterfalls. To reach the top of these is hard and dangerous
. But I am never afraid. I curl my body so that my tail almost reaches my mouth. Then I give an upward spring. Sometimes I fail, but if I do I try again. Did you ever see a picture of a "salmon leap
You have eaten lobsters, haven't you? If not, I am sorry for you, because I am considered
a very fine-tasting sea food.
When a lobster
is brought to the dinner table
it is a bright red. But when it swims in the ocean, before it is boiled, its shell is very dark, almost black.
Mother Nature furnished me with a hard shell made of lime. This protects my soft body from my enemies. This shell fits me as tightly as your Sunday kid glove fits you. When my body grows too large for it, I get ready for a new one. I hide
myself from everyone. I stop eating and so get thinner. My body shrinks away from my shell. It splits and comes off. Then a new one at once begins to cover me. At first it is very soft, but it soon gets as hard as my other one. The old shell comes off in one piece. If you saw it lying on the sand you would think it a live lobster
Snap! Snap! See my two pinchers! Look out or I might
bite you! Snap! Snap!